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Technical Interoperability for Machine Connectivity on the Shop Floor

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Industrial and Materials Science, Chalmers University of Technology, 412 58 Gothenburg, Sweden
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Ericsson Research, 417 56 Gothenburg, Sweden
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Ericsson Research, 223 62 Lund, Sweden
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Manufacturing Development Centre, SKF (Svenska Kullagerfabriken AB), 415 50 Gothenburg, Sweden
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Technologies 2018, 6(3), 57; https://doi.org/10.3390/technologies6030057
Received: 2 May 2018 / Revised: 18 June 2018 / Accepted: 19 June 2018 / Published: 22 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Technologies for Industry 4.0)
This paper presents a generic technical solution that can increase Industry 4.0 maturity by collecting data from sensors and control systems on the shop floor. Within the research project “5G-Enabled Manufacturing”, an LTE (Long-Term Evolution) network with 5G technologies was deployed on the shop floor to enable fast and scalable connectivity. This network was used to connect a grinding machine to a remote private cloud where data was stored and streamed to a data analytics center. This enabled visibility and transparency of the production data, which is the basis for Industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing. The solution is described with a focus on high-level communication technologies above wireless communication standards. These technologies are discussed regarding technical interoperability, focusing on the system layout, communication standards, and open systems. From the discussion, it can be derived that generic solutions such as this are possible, but manufacturing end-users must expand and further internalize knowledge of future information and communication technologies to reduce their dependency on equipment and technology providers. View Full-Text
Keywords: interoperability; IoT; connectivity; Industry 4.0; smart manufacturing interoperability; IoT; connectivity; Industry 4.0; smart manufacturing
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Åkerman, M.; Stahre, J.; Engström, U.; Angelsmark, O.; McGillivray, D.; Holmberg, T.; Bärring, M.; Lundgren, C.; Friis, M.; Fast-Berglund, Å. Technical Interoperability for Machine Connectivity on the Shop Floor. Technologies 2018, 6, 57.

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